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A Controversial ‘Book of Mormon’

A Controversial ‘Book of Mormon’

By Abigail Raasch

January 30, 2019

  You have probably heard of the musical, "The Book of Mormon." This groundbreaking Broadway hit shocked audiences while bringing with it barrels of laughter. The show originally opened in March of 2011 starring Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad. Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, ...

Visiting Professor Viktor Valkov Impresses in His Faculty Recital

Visiting Professor Viktor Valkov Impresses in His Faculty Recital

By Josh Petersen

January 23, 2019

  It was a rainy night on Jan. 17, but for the audience inside the Libby Gardner Concert Hall, there was an entirely different kind of thunder. In his faculty recital, Department of Music visiting professor Viktor Valkov showed off his technical skill on a wide range of piano selections. Throughout...

Laugh Your Stress Away With Stand-Up Comedian Ben Bailey

Laugh Your Stress Away With Stand-Up Comedian Ben Bailey

By Abigail Raasch

January 22, 2019

  Stand-up comedian Ben Bailey has a simple goal for audiences who come to his shows: “I want them to laugh until they forget about the things that suck.” When college is stressful and life is exhausting, comedians like Bailey perform to bring just a bit of humor into our everyday lives. ...

Can LDS Actors Accept Roles in the Top Ten Broadway Shows?

Can LDS Actors Accept Roles in the Top Ten Broadway Shows?

By Alaikia Marielle

January 21, 2019

  Every actor draws a line: at some point, one must decide if there are roles that one is or is not willing to accept based on one's personal beliefs and morals. But where do active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints draw their lines? The theater has played a role in the Church ...

Artistic Choice or Unfair Discrimination?

Artistic Choice or Unfair Discrimination?

By Abigail Raasch

January 20, 2019

  I commonly hear my friends, who are acting majors, describe their college degree as a "degree in auditioning." Nothing could be closer to the truth. As a performing arts student, one of the most important things that education can give to an aspiring actor are the tools to audition well. Hon...

Holiday Throwback: Singing Sacred Texts

Holiday Throwback: Singing Sacred Texts

By Hannah Keating

January 15, 2019

  In recent years, one of the biggest debates during the holiday season is the “war on Christmas,” a tug-of-war between the secular and the sacred in our society. The inclusivity of the words “winter” or “holiday” to respect how people wish to spend the season can be politically a...

Corruption is Fun in ‘The Lion in Winter’

Corruption is Fun in ‘The Lion in Winter’

By Josh Petersen

January 9, 2019

  Even if you think that your family is hard to deal with over the holidays, you probably didn’t have to reunite with an evil mom who was locked in a tower by a maybe even more evil dad. (If that is your situation, I am deeply sorry.) This is just one of the conflicts bubbling in James Goldman’s...

‘The Lion in Winter:’ A Historical ‘Game of Thrones’

‘The Lion in Winter:’ A Historical ‘Game of Thrones’

By Madge Slack

December 31, 2018

  What better way to kick off the new year than with a little death, betrayal and inheritance? Pioneer Theatre Company presents “The Lion in Winter” as their first show of 2019. Not only is this play an atypical period drama, but it also boasts an all-star cast and crew. “The Lion ...

Get Ready for the Holidays with Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker”

Get Ready for the Holidays with Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker”

By Palak Jayswal

December 10, 2018

  Is it really Christmas without “The Nutcracker?” After all, it’s one of the biggest staples of the holiday season. From the music to the story, “The Nutcracker” is a classic that always puts people into the holiday mood. Here in Utah, we are lucky to be home to one of the biggest p...

“Pinkalicious” is Visually Captivating and Adorable

“Pinkalicious” is Visually Captivating and Adorable

By Hannah Keating

December 5, 2018

Familiar holiday jingles now ring through every store, the glow of the neighborhood’s lights reflect across the snow and the air carries the undeniably festive smell of pine trees. Garb and decor fall into one distinct color palette, seen in the red holly and green ivy or silver and gold bells. Christmas...

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